Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series): Michelle–A Woman with Depression Suffers Alienation in the Church

St. Dymphna, Patroness of the Mentally Ill, Pray for Us.

A new post in our "What’s Your Experience?" Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  Today, Michelle writes of her experience with crippling depression.Dr. Greg,  I was amazed when I came across a link for your article on Facebook because I have spent the past few days wondering about "What is my place in the Church?" as a mentally ill Catholic.I have been thinking a … [Read more...]

No, She Can’t Play That Game Either

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The NYTimes has an article about the effect of the college hook-up culture on young women and their potential for happiness in life and relationships.  It is a poignant and painful look at what happens to a culture when it defines itself by its ability to produce instead of the quality of its character and depth of its relationships.The title of the article is, "Sex on Campus:  She Can Play That Game Too."  The implication, of course, is that men have been having casual sex for centuries and … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series)– W. A Woman with Anxiety/Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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A new post in our What’s Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  W.  a young woman in her 20's writes of her experience with a disorder that leads to overwhelming and violent bouts of anxiety and anger.I'm a young adult, in my early 20s. It was only in college that major emotional wounds inflicted by my father manifested in what certain Catholic psych … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness (An Ongoing Series)–Spouse of Man with Bipolar I Disorder

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A new post in our What’s Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith.  In this post, Kate, the wife of a man with Bipolar I shares her experience with how priests, the Church, and her faith have been intertwined in the drama of her life.My DH has been diagnosed in the past year with Bipolar I.  He is 42 years old and a cradle Catholic.  I am 39 and a convert … [Read more...]

Six Types of Atheists?

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According to the University of Tennessee, in what is, reportedly, the first-ever attempt to classify different types of atheism, researchers have identified 6 types of atheists.  If you are an atheist, what flavor are you?  Is there a category they didn't think of?  If you are close to someone who is an atheist, do you recognize them in these types?1. Intellectual Atheist/Agnostic--The true believer (er, non-believer) who seeks to develop his non-belief through reading and other intellectual … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness–What’s Your Experience? (An ongoing series)

St. Dymphna, Patroness of the Mentally Ill, Pray for Us.

A new post in our What's Your Experience?  Series,  in which People-of-Faith share their experience of depression, anxiety, and other mental illness as they relate to their parish and their Catholic faith...Dear Dr. Greg,I'm writing in response to your series entitled "Catholics & Depression, Anxiety, & Mental/Emotional Illness. What is Your Experience?" As a Catholic Christian woman who has struggled to cope with mental and emotional illness for nearly 25 years, I am … [Read more...]

Emotional Security: Do You Know What YOUR Emotions Are Trying to Tell You?

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Most Christians have a pretty ambivalent relationship with our emotions.  We just don't know what to feel about our feelings.  Sometimes, emotions can be the source of a great deal of joy, satisfaction, and well-being.  Other times they can wreck us with anxiety, despair, anger, and angst.   Of course,  there are still other times when we get upset with ourselves for being upset, angry at ourselves for being angry, or depressed about how sad we feel.Emotions are a part of our body, of cours … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Catholic Church Just Get with the Times?

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Contraception, abortion, women's ordination, gay marriage.  These represent just a few of the issues the Church is regularly criticized for being on the "wrong side" of.So, why can't the Church change?Today's episode of More2Life Radio was titled, "Stand Your Ground."  We looked at the challenge of knowing when we need to draw a line in the sand and when we need to be more flexible.  Part of that discussion involved an interview with Bishop Jeffrey Montforton of Steubenville (former rect … [Read more...]


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